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Obituaries, In Memory of

Pearl King

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Pearl King

Age 101 of Ripley, WV, formerly of Arnoldsburg, Calhoun County, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law.

She was born March 28, 1913 in Calhoun County, WV the daughter of the late Will and Grace Wallbrown.

She was a former post mistress of Leatherbark Post Office, Clerk at H & P Store in Spencer, and she wrote the Arnoldsburg News for the Calhoun Chronicle for several years.

She was an avid quilter, making some beautiful quilts. She loved her Iris flowers and loved listening to books for the blind.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Willie Lee “Bill” King; son Billy King; brothers Carl, Dale, and Bernard Wallbrown, infant brother Harley; sisters Hazel Brannon, Eula Hall, and Irene Wallbrown.

Survivors include son Bernard and his wife, Donnie, of Ripley; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-granddaughters, 12 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, 1 step-great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to send a special “Thank you” to Kanawha Care Hospice and caregivers Teresa, Robin, and Kat for all their loving care to Pearl.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, WV on Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 1:00 PM, Rev. Carl Marks officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Saturday.

Interment will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

G-Eye™: Minnie Hamilton

In Memory of Minnie Hamilton
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Minnie Hamilton, A Calhoun County Nurse
After Whom
The Minnie Hamilton Health Services
(Grantsville, WV and Glenville, WV)
Is Named

Sophie Lynn Wood and Charleah Beth Wood

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Sophie Lynn Wood and Charleah Beth Wood

became God’s twin angels on October 28, 2014.

Born to Tiffany Isenhart and Harley Wood at St. Joseph Hospital in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

Charleah was born first at 8:17 PM, weighing 5 pounds 14 ounces, and 18 3/4 inches.

Sophie followed 2 minutes behind at 8:19 PM, weighing 4 pounds 6 ounces and 17 1/2 inches long.

Sophie looked like her daddy, Harley, while Charleah looked more like her mommy, Tiffany, and her Grandpa Charles.

Sophie and Charleah are joined in heaven with their maternal Grandpa, Charles Robert Isenhart and great-grandpa, Franklin Lee Isenhart, great- grandma, Carolyn Burkhammer, great aunt, Kathy Wheeler,  paternal grandpa Kevin Wood, and great-Grandpa Robert Sears.

The twins are survived by their mommy and daddy, older sister, Jasmine, and big brother, Cameron, grandmas Missy Wood of Buckhannon, and Jean Isenhart of Fairmont, grandpas Dave Hoy of Buckhannon and Chris Romano of Fairmont, uncles, Richard Wood of Weston and Charles Thompson of Ohio, aunts, Crystal Smith of Kentucky,  Becky Lambert of Normantown, Melissa Isenhart of Ohio, Sandra Branson of Virginia, and Chelsea Miller of Fairmont.

Sophie and Charleah are survived by many other family members, and friends of their mommy and daddy’s.

They loved feeling their brother, sister, and daddy rub mommy’s belly and getting kisses from them all. They loved feeling Cameron and Jasmine’s hugs and hearing them say “baby” all the time. The family didn’t get much time with the twins, but they were loved by everyone.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 2:00 PM Sunday November 02, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, WV.

Friends and family may call from 1-2 PM Sunday afternoon at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Sophie Lynn and Charleah Beth Wood with arrangements.

Gordon E. Jenkins

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Gordon E. Jenkins

born January 18, 1942, went home to be with the Lord October 29, 2014.

Gordon was the son of the late Arch and Lena (Smith) Jenkins of Orton, WV.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wavelene; son, Jeffrey (Beth) Jenkins of Gassaway; daughters, Shelly (Eddie) Facemire of Gassaway and Kristie (James) Hill of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Bryan (Maria) Jenkins, Aaron (Lesli) Jenkins, Olivia and Noah Facemire; five great-grandchildren, Lydia, Sarah, Emily, Aubrey and Arthur Ryan. Gordon is also survived by siblings, Goldamurl Atchison and Geraldine Cogar both of Weston, Greta Hardman of Grafton, OH, Glena (Roy) Green of Lagrange, OH, Ralph Jenkins of Parkersburg, Charles (Wilda) Jenkins of Normantown and twin Golden (Betty) Jenkins of Glenville and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers, Emerson of Parkersburg, Eugene and Marple both of Grafton, OH and infants Woodrow and Marvin.

Gordon was longtime member of the Crooked Fork Baptist Church, Perkins, WV where he served as deacon, treasurer, trustee, and song leader.

He retired after many years from Hope Natural Gas Company.

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, November 01, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Roger Stewart officiating.

Burial will be in the Crooked Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Perkins.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Dale Edward McFarland

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Dale Edward McFarland

Age 63, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Amherst Manor Nursing Home, under the care of Sprenger Hospice.

He was born December 01, 1950 in Lorain, to the late George and Rosezena (nee Edinger) McFarland.

Dale graduated from Brookside High School and attended Akron University for two years. Most of his working life was spent driving 18 wheeler trucks until illness forced an early retirement.

He lived happily in Grantsville, West Virginia for 10 years, returning to Lorain area in 2012.

He is survived by his brothers, Joseph (Jeanne) of Avon and George Lee (Gisela) of Sheffield Lake; sister, Fern (Jim) Gallagher of Elyria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 24 years, Sharon Faye in 2004.

Funeral services are private.

Interment will be in Grantsville, West Virginia.

Arrangements handled by Misencik Funeral Home, Avon.

The family would like to thank the staff of Amherst Manor and Sprenger Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of Dale.

Wendel D. Beall

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Wendel D. Beall

Age 75 of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life Monday afternoon,  October 27, 2014 at his residence following a short illness.

Born July 02, 1939 in Normantown, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Doyl and Louise Whitesel Beall.

Wendel was a member of the Lower Steer Run Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Gilmer County Fire Department, Cedarville detachment for 33 years. Wendel worked at the Ford Motor Company for 13 years before moving back to Cedarville where he worked in the Oil and Gas industry for 38 years. He loved animals, watching sports, especially WVU football, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On October 08, 1960 he was united in marriage to Vivian Rose Lynch, who survives at their Cedarville home.

Surviving are 4 children, Becky Wilcox and husband Jeff of Washington, West Virginia, Bobbi Hern and husband Kevin of Cedarville, WV; Gary Beall and wife Lisa of Buckhannon, West Virginia, and Jimmy Beall and wife Glenda of Rochelle, Illinois, 2 sisters, Zeta Jean Mohr of Wellington, Ohio, Evonne Mohr and husband Ring of Normantown, West Virginia, and 2 brothers David Beall and wife Ruthie of LaGrange, Ohio, and Junior Beall and wife Barbara of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia.

He is also survived by his special buddy, “Doodle”.

There are 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister in law, Sandra Beall of Perkins, West Virginia also surviving.

Along with his parents, Wendel was preceded in death by 1 brother Jackie Beall, and 1 brother in law, Glen Mohr.

Graveside Services will be conducted at the Lynch Cemetery, Cedarville, West Virginia, at 3:00 PM Wednesday October 29, 2014 with Pastor Mark Minney officiating

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lynch Family Cemetery Fund care of United Bank of Glenville,  101 E Main St, Glenville, WV 26351.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV is assisting the family of Wendel Beall with arrangements. 

Susan Jane “Sue” Kerby

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Susan Jane “Sue” Kerby

Age 64, of Vienna, West Virginia, passed away at her residence on October 27, 2014.

Sue was born August 02, 1950 in Stumptown, WV, the daughter of the late William Hagan and Bertha Stump Kerby.

She worked with Veterans at the VFW in Vienna and enjoyed Bible study, books, politics, football, music and Coca Cola memorabilia.

Sue was a member of the Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown, and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Vienna.

She is survived by her three siblings, Sam (Regina) Kerby of Washington, WV, Sarah (Steve) Albaugh of Stumptown, and Sandra Kay Kerby of Grantsville, WV; one nephew, David (Melissa) Albaugh) of Fairmont, WV; two nieces, Gina (Michael) Cheshire of Washington and Ginger Kerby of Parkersburg, WV; one great nephew and one great niece.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Ruth E. Moneypenny Turner

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Ruth E. Moneypenny Turner

Age 90, of Broad Run Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 9:20 PM on Sunday October 26, 2014 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born at her home place on Cabin Run of Copley, July 23, 1924 a daughter of the late William F. “Willie” Moneypenny and Martha Exline Moneypenny.

On April 17, 1948 she married C. Hunter Turner and they celebrated 31 years of marriage before his passing on July 09, 1979.

Her hardworking, dedicated nature will be carried on by her four children: Clydette Cowgar and significant other, Bryan Wilt, William Turner, Gary Turner and wife Pam, all of Jane Lew, and John Turner and significant other, Denise Carson of Copley; seven grandchildren: Sherri Herauf, Alisa Chappell, Melissa Turner, Jamie Turner, Chad Turner, Shawn Turner, and Jonathan Turner; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, one sister, JoAnn Moneypenny of Weston; brother-in-law, William Kinney of Jane Lew; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Putter, who misses her very much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Moneypenny Jr.; two sisters: Ella Moneypenny and Essie Kinney; and one grandchild, Teresa Dawn Turner.

Ruth graduated from Weston High School class of 1949 then worked at General Hospital, City Hospital, Weston State Hospital, and retired from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed working in her flower gardens, mowing her own grass and watching the wildlife that frequented her property. She enjoyed embroidery, gospel music, and puzzles. Her family was her greatest blessing and they will always remember waking up every morning to the smell of homemade biscuits wafting through the house and the big holiday dinners at her house that were filled with plenty of fun and laughter. She was Methodist by faith.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bonnie Starkey and Pastor Roger Brown officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ruth Turner.

Clyde D. Cox

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Clyde D. Cox

Age 80, a longtime resident of Deerfield, OH passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Woodlands at Robinson following a brief illness.

He was born on September 07, 1934 in Gilmer County, WV, the oldest child of Paul W. and E. Blanche (King) Cox.

Clyde was a 1954 graduate of Troy High School and served in the U.S. Army. He retired from General Motors in Lordstown, OH, was a member of UAW Local 1714, worked in a hardware store after retirement, was a Past Master, Trustee and Custodian of Charity Lodge #530 in Deerfield, OH.

In 1957 he married May (Liberty) and they enjoyed almost 52 years of marriage before she passed away in 2009.

Survivors include his daughters Janice Fike of North Benton, OH and Joyce Cox of Deerfield, OH, grandchildren Christine (John) Fleshner and Scott Fike, great granddaughter Samantha Fleshner, sisters Karen (Fred) Beech of Avon Lake, OH and Linda Cox of Parkersburg, WV, brothers Avon (Jerry Sue) Cox of Vienna, WV, Alvin (Bev) Cox of Delaware, OH and Arden Cox (Mary Moore) of Glenville, WV, sister in law Judy Cox of Parkersburg, brother in laws Johnny and Merle Liberty of Lancaster, PA and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife May, an infant daughter, sister Ruth Ann Beech and a brother Roger D. Cox.

Memorial calling hours were from 11 AM to 11:45 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Deerfield Masonic Lodge, 2380 State Route 225, Deerfield, OH 44411.

Masonic services were at 11:45 AM Saturday followed by a memorial service at 12:00 PM at the lodge.

Private burial has taken place at Deerfield Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel.

Betty Jean (Bright) Helmick

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Betty Jean (Bright) Helmick

of Sutton, WV passed away on October 24, 2014.

Betty worked a number of years for the town of Gassaway in the capacity of Chief of Police. She was also a former member of the Rebekah’s.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 62 years, Arthur C. Helmick of Sutton, WV. Four children, daughters Karen (Eddie) Price, of Great Bend KS, Jancice (Ricky) Brown of Sutton, WV. Sons, Ricky (Brenda) Helmick and Randy (Sheran) Helmick all of Sutton, WV. Six grandchildren Kevin Morrison, Shannon Morrison, Amy Brown, Gus Helmick, Ross Helmick and Serena Helmick. Also four great grandchildren Bryce Straub, Logan Morrison, Kinley Jones and Danika Morrison. One brother Wilbur Cutlip of Hackers Valley, WV.

She was preceded in death by one grandson Jeremy Michael Brown and brother and sisters Oscar Bright, Elza Bright, B.A. Bright, Nellie Bright, Gordon Bright, Creed Bright, Emma Bright, Lena Belle Bright, Kermit Bright, Boyce Bright, Van Bright and Betty Jean Bright. Also preceding her are three half siblings Ray Bright, Pearl Bright and Grace Bright.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday October 29, 2014 with Reverend Doug Smailes and Reverend Eric Veltre officiating at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 11 AM.

Internment will follow at Mt Hebron Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

Stockert-Paletti Funeral home is honored to be caring for the Helmick family during this time.

Edith Dobbins

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Edith Dobbins

Age 86, of Gassaway, WV went to be with her Lord on October 25, 2014 at her daughter’s residence, following a long illness.

She was born July 01, 1928 in Clay County, WV.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Dobbins and two infant daughters.

She is survived by two daughters, Malisia Holmes (Junior) of Birch River and Margaret Bennett (Wade) of Gassaway; sons, Frankie Dobbins and Foster Dobbins both of Gassaway, Howard Dobbins and Jerry Dobbins (Tammy) both of Kentucky; five sisters, one brother. Also Cindy Stout of Gassaway and Debbie Dobbins of Kentucky; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Service will be 11 AM Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

William J. “Bill” Duncan

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William J. “Bill” Duncan

Age 85, of Elmira, WV passed away October 27, 2014 at home.

He was born January 03, 1929 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late William Asbury and Anna Belle Talkington Duncan.

Bill was a construction worker and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was an Army veteran and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by two sons, Thomas and Roger Duncan; one brother and one sister.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Alice “Maysel” Duncan; sons, Sam Duncan and Randall Duncan both of Elmira, Calvin Duncan (Bonnie) of Front Royal, VA; daughter, Susan Woods (James) of Elmira; brothers, Charles Duncan of Elmira and Thomas Duncan of Ellet, OH; sisters, Virginia Hall of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Martha Gill and Sherry Davis both of Barboursville, Mary Duncan of Florida, Wilma Hall of Sissonville and Glenna Metheney of St. Albans; 10 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 PM Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Gip Church with Pastors Russell Copen and Lester Tanner officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Elmira Cemetery.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Samuel Earl McCartney

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Samuel Earl McCartney

Age 78, of Smith Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 2:20 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness.

He was born February 23, 1936 in Duffy a son of the late Hartzel Earl McCartney and Edith Gay Boggs McCartney Stevens.

On June 21, 1958 he married the former Mary Dobbins and they celebrated 56 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Linda Ruppert and husband Paul of Glen Allen VA, and Brenda Steele and husband Roger of Southside WV; four grandchildren: Matthew and Samantha Hall, and Sydney and Seth Ruppert; one sister, Della Rymer of Elkins; one brother, Freddie McCartney of Suffolk VA; and two aunts: Ethel McKeown of Barberton OH, and Norma McCartney of VA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Norma Wyant, and one brother, Ronnie McCartney.

Earl was an honored veteran of the United States Army Reserves for six years. He was employed as a purchasing agent for Dancer Hardware and Supply for 25 years then became the owner and operator of Earl’s Pump and Supply for 18 years, and in his “spare time” he drove school bus for the Lewis County BOE.

He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston.

He was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #40 of Weston, Lewis County Shrine Club, Nemesis Shrine Temple of Parkersburg, Weston Masonic Lodge #10 A.F. & A. M, and the St. John’s Commandery #8 Knight Templar.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3-7 PM on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jonathan Nettles officiating.

Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Lewis County Honor Guard. Masonic Graveside Rites will be held by Weston Lodge # 10 A.F.& A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People’s Hospice at 327 Medical Park Dr. Bridgeport WV 26330.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Earl McCartney.

Harry A. Cunningham

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Harry A. Cunningham

Age 91 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life Wednesday October 22, 2014 at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, following an extended illness.

Born September 07, 1923 in Gilmer County, son of the late Dee and Nettie Westfall Cunningham.

Harry was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Harry walked 4 miles each way to Tanner High School, where he graduated in 1941. He was an Army Veteran from World War II.  He was a successful business owner for over forty years of Carbeau Custom Kitchens, Inc. a premiere custom kitchen and design business in the Boston MA area.

Harry was a member of the Lions Club, and enjoyed watching sports on TV, golfing, playing cards, and loved to travel the world. He was also a member,  usher, and in the choir of the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church , Everett Ma.

Harry was united in marriage to Mary Bagnell for over 50 years, who preceded him in death on November 18, 2002.

On August 26, 2006 he was united in marriage to Rosa Belle Ellyson-Gainer who survives at their WV Highway 5 West, Glenville home.

Surviving are 2 children, Stephen Cunningham and wife Denise of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and Maureen Baxter and husband Richard of Bow, New Hampshire, 1 step-son, Robert Jackson “Jack”  Gainer and wife Joyce of Amity, Pennsylvania, and a granddaughter, Maura Baxter of Bow, New Hampshire.

Along with his first wife and parents, Harry was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Sean Cunningham, 3 brothers, Perry Cunningham, Gerald “Cap” Cunningham, and Kenneth Cunningham, and 3 sisters, Erma Hardman, Ruby Brown, and Pearl Shellhorn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 701 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV 26351 with Father George Manjadi as celebrant.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, on WV Highway 5 West of Glenville, with Full Military Honors provided by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday evening, October 28, 2014 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, and 9:00-10:00 AM Wednesday morning also at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Harry A. Cunningham with arrangements.

Gerald (Jerry) Joseph Cawthon

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Gerald (Jerry) Joseph Cawthon

75, of Gassaway, WV went home to be with his Lord, Friday October 24, 2014 at his residence.

He was born February 18, 1939 in Weston, WV the son of the late John (Ross) & Catherine Irene Duvall Cawthon.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Cawthon, grandson, David Joseph Hart.

Jerry was a Inspector for WV Department of Highways, a member of Gassaway United Methodist Church, was a member of Gassaway Masonic Lodge # 133, and was a member of the National Guard Reserve. Jerry had a great love for bluegrass music, and he loved to play his mandolin for many to enjoy.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory is his wife, Vicki Catherine Burr Cawthon, son, Michael Cawthon (Carolyn) of Leatherwood, WV, daughters, Cathy Grogg (Larry) of Sutton, Alicia McLaughlin (Jon) of Chapel, Sharon Hines (Rocky) of Cowen, step-son, Travis Collins (Donna) of Weston, step-daughter, Amber Lunceford (Bill) of Webster Springs, sister, Barbara Gum of Weston, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held 6:00 PM Friday October 31, 2014 at Gassaway United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen White officiating.

Family will receive friends from 3 to 6 pm before the service.

    In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Hearts of Hope, 136 Lee St. Gassaway, WV 26624.

    Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Cawthon family.

Lowell Thomas Davis

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Lowell Thomas Davis

Age 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday October 10, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital.

He was born in Roanoke, WV on September 05, 1933, son of the late Esker Weese Davis and Bernice Hawkins Davis.

In 1956 he married the former Ruth Dale “Turtle” Brockleman who survives along with two sons: Doran Davis and Esker Davis; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Davis; five grandchildren: Tara (Todd) Arnold of Weston, Corey Davis of Clarksburg, and Shane, Ciara and Zoe Davis of Weston; one great-granddaughter, Alivia Reese Arnold; one sister, Mary Margaret Mason of Ellenboro; one brother, Linn (Patricia) Davis of Atwater, CA; one sister-in-law, Kay Davis of La Canada, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters: Chana Dawn Davis and Laticia Dale Davis; and one brother, Esker K. Davis.

He was a 1951 graduate of Weston High School and served as a surgical nurse in the U.S. Army for three-years in Trieste, Italy, and Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He attended WVU and Kent State University.

He was a member of the St. Matthew United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Weston Masonic Lodge #10 A.F. & A.M., the Lewis County Shrine Club and the Weston Chapter #40 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a previous owner of Lake Riley, and Davies auto-parts store for many years and was also the co-owner of D&L Amoco Service Station in Kent, OH for 20-years. He loved calling square dance figures, hunting and fishing with Soc Rose at Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Lowell’s request to have his body donated to the West Virginia University Human Gift Registry was honored.

His friends and family will gather for a Memorial Service at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with Reverend Jonathan Nettles and Reverend Joseph Shreve officiating.

Following the service friends and family will gather for a Celebration at The Pink Moon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church 120 E. Third Street, Weston, WV 26452 or to the Roanoke Reunion, c/o Emma Snider, 954 Bens Run Road, Orlando, WV 26412.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to assist the family of Lowell Thomas Davis.

Ruby (Hardbarger) Tracewell

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Ruby (Hardbarger) Tracewell

Age 99, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Westminster Suncoast Nursing Home in St. Petersburg.

She was born in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late George and Nora (Price) Hardbarger.

She was a homemaker and was a seamstress during WW II making parachutes. Ruby enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son, Larry Tracewell (Betty) of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Shirley Blume (Charles) of St. Petersburg, FL; four grandchildren, Jennifer Hylton of St. Petersburg, Matt and Andy Tracewell of Columbus, Ohio, and Lori Conway of Granville, Ohio; and eight great-grandchildren, Kenner, Shelby, Sarah, Nicholas, Christopher, Addison, Raleigh, Evelyn, and Amelia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Augustus Kenner Tracewell; and seven brothers and sisters.

Services will be 11 AM Monday, October 27, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jim Tracewell officiating.

Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery North.

Visitation will be 2-5 PM Sunday, October 26, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice, Attention: The Coral Group, 3050 1st Avenue S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Vaughn Luther Rose

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Vaughn Luther Rose

passed away at home Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

He was born and raised at Rosedale, WV, and graduated from Normantown High School in 1959.

He went to Ohio to find work and met Carol Costilow at Leavittsburg, OH. They married June 02, 1961. They later moved to Pennsboro, WV, where Vaughn farmed, cut timber, and recycled junk cars.

He enjoyed deer and ‘coon hunting. While there they were blessed to adopt Stacie in 1972.

Vaughn served in the Army 1966 to 1968 at Ft. Jackson, SC; Ft. Bragg, NC; and had medical training at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX.

Looking for a warmer climate, they moved to McKenzie, TN, in 1977. After a year of farming and raising feeder pigs there, Vaughn knew he needed a dry climate. They researched locations from Texas to Arizona and settled in Deming in 1979. Vaughn worked on a ranch at Akela until 1984 where he worked cattle roundups, repaired and operated equipment, ran a one-man-sawmill, made adobes, and helped build the owner’s house. He obtained a business license as Rose’s Enterprises and did mechanic work, backhoe work and metal recycling.

The family enjoyed traveling when they could to visit family and friends back east, as well as sight seeing in New Mexico and Arizona. They enjoyed taking family sightseeing when they visited. Several of Carol’s family relocated to Deming.

In 2007 Vaughn was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to work as long as he was able while getting treatment.

Vaughn is survived by Carol and Stacie; brothers, George (Sandra) and Clarence (Dreama) Rose; sisters, Virginia (Edwin) Ulderich, Laura (John) Gribble, Nancy (John) Welch, Mary (Roger) Foutty, Louise (Leary) VanHorn; brothers-in-law, Gary Nichols and Lane Costilow; sisters-in-law, Karen Colley, Mary (Randy) Pulley, Rosalie Bennett, Lucille (Danny)Younger, Kathy Karr, and Genia (Tom) Allison; Aunt Ruth Mullins Zimora; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harvey Gordon and Stella Mullins Rose; infant brother, Charles; sisters, Genevra Call and husband Clarence, Emma Nichols, and Nina Conrad and husband Glenn; sister-in-law Emolene Dobbins Rose.

Vaughn was a member of the Church of Christ.

He loved his family, friends, church family as well as people he “adopted” as family, Wendy, Olida, Yadira, Ilda, Maria, and Thomas and their families.

The family wish to thank Rosalie who stayed in the home to help care for Vaughn; nurses Dan, Yvonne and Diane and Carol and Lisa of AmberCare Hospice who were of such comfort the last weeks.

Thank all of you who sent cards, called, visited and prayed with and for us.

Cremation has taken place with Terrazas Funeral Chapel.

A memorial service will be held at Ninth Church of Christ, 500 S. 9th St., on Friday, October 24 , 2014, at 1:00 PM.

James “Sonny” Thomas Facemire

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James “Sonny” Thomas Facemire

Age 83, went home on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.

He was born in Webster County, West Virginia on August 05, 1931 to the late Andrew and Dora (Skidmore) Facemire.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lula (Clifton) Facemire. They married February 26, 1955 in Sutton, West Virginia.

Sonny and Lula resided in Fairfax, Virginia for 58 years, but always enjoyed returning to Braxton County to visit.

He is also survived by his daughter, Vickie Bolton and husband Greg Bolton of Alexandria, Virginia; son, Mike Facemire and wife Brenda Facemire of Manassas, Virginia; and daughter, Martha Babendreier and husband Justin Babendreier of Athens, Georgia. He has seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Sonny enjoyed vegetable gardening, building, hunting, fishing, and being in the woods with friends, family and especially his grandchildren. He passed a legacy of love for the outdoors to many. He will be sorely missed by all of those whose lives he touched.

A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2015 at Braxton County Cemetery.

Danny Ray Varney

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Danny Ray Varney

passed away on October, 21 2014 at his residence in Gassaway, WV after a short illness.

Danny was born in Cabin Creek, WV on June 21, 1949 to the late Demmy I. Varney & Bayon (Butcher) Varney.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Susan (Richardson) Varney, 2 daughters Dawn Whitesel (JD) of Gassaway and Schannon Dennison (Tom) of Chapel; three granddaughters, Tomi Dennison, Lexi & Braydan Whitesel; one grandson Dylan (Digger) Dennison, and 1 Baby Whitesel on the way; brother Billy James Varney (Darlene) of Chapel; many nieces and nephews.

Danny graduated in 1967 from Gassaway High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Gassaway.

He was a retired rural letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service; lifetime hunter and sportsman, member of the Braxton County Executive Committee Eastern District. He was a great and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Danny always put GOD first, and then his family. Danny always liked helping his community where he belonged to several organizations throughout Braxton County.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Friday, October 24, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Ministers Danny Lambey and Gene Miller officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Roy Clayton Godfrey

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Roy Clayton Godfrey

Age ge 91 of Randolph, OH passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 07, 1923, in Burnsville, WV, to parents Walter David and Clara Belle (Ocheltree) Godfrey.

Roy proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a 32° member of Willoughby Lodge 0302 and also a Shriner. Roy enjoyed bowling, fishing, and playing cards, especially euchre.

Roy is survived by his three daughters: Patricia McGrath, Joyce Collins, and Ginny (Terry Miesle) Godfrey. His memory will also be cherished by his grandchildren: Carmen (Jodie) Scalfaro, Daniel (Jenny) Scalfaro, Bill (Gwen) Collins, Lisa Scalfaro, Michelle (John) Gill, and Joseph (Melinda) Scalfaro, as well as his 11 great-grandchildren, and his brother Ronald (Sharon) Godfrey.

Roy was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth (Wagner) Godfrey and son-in-law Jack McGrath.

Friends were received Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main Street, Ravenna, OH.

Graveside services will be officiated by Reverend Wayne Enders at 11:00 AM on Friday at the Hillside Cemetery Chapel in Randolph, OH.

Larry Lee Allman

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Larry Lee Allman

Age 62, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness.

He was born January 09, 1952 and was a life-long resident of Jane Lew, WV.

He is survived by four brothers: Kenneth Allman and wife Marsha of Buckhannon, Robert Allman and wife Shelley of Lost Creek, John David Allman and Paul Allman of Jane Lew. He is also survived by two nieces; Rachana Hebb and Erica Allman and three nephews; Joseph Dean, Brandon Allman and Dustin Allman.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother Betty Jean (Freeman) Allman; and father Archie Lee Allman.

Larry was a long time employee of Mountain State Waste of Weston, WV.

Larry was known to all as a kind, loving and compassionate man. He took pride in the family farm and was very meticulous in all his endeavors. His love for the outdoors was immense as he enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding and cruising across the fields of the family farm on either his tractor or all-terrain vehicle. Larry was also an avid gun collector. During his time of relaxation, Larry would always take time to call family and friends just to say hello and express his love and caring spirit toward us. He was especially fond of his nephew Dustin and sister-in-law Shelley who often accompanied him to his yearly Christmas party at work. Larry also loved to watch western shows on television as there was not an episode of either Bonanza or Gunsmoke that Larry was not familiar with. His expression of love for his family and friends, enjoying the simple things in life and not wanting for anything will always be remembered. He touched many of our lives and his memory will forever live in our hearts. Thank you, Larry, for being there for all of us.

In addition, the family would like to extend a special thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who cared for Larry during his courageous battle and extended illness: Ruby Memorial Hospital and Maddison Center of Morgantown, WV and St Francis Hospital, Charleston, WV.

A Celebration of Larry’s Life will occur on Sunday afternoon, October 26 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave Weston, WV where funeral services will be held on Monday morning October 27 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.

Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Larry Lee Allman.

Philip Ward Stokes

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Philip Ward Stokes

Age 87, of Harrisville, WV, passed away October 21, 2014 at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

He was born May 04, 1927 in Manhattan, NY the son of the late Hiram and Laura Fleicher Stokes.

Philip was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Germany during WW II. He worked as an electrician for 38 years for Central Hudson Gas and Electric in Poughkeepsie, NY.

He was a member of Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Harrisville, WV.

He was a life member of Rifton, NY Volunteer Fire Dept. where he had served as chief and commissioner for several years, also a member of Ellenboro, WV Volunteer Fire Dept. where he had also been chief. He volunteered for the Red Cross and the Pennsboro, WV Emergency Squad as a driver. He was a member of Salem, WV VFW, Pennsboro, WV American Legion, Berea, WV South Fork Grange and a lifetime member of National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Marie McGuire Stokes; son, Gerald L. Stokes of Rifton, NY; daughters, Elaine G. Jansen of New Paltz, NY, Peggy E. Cahill of Rifton, NY, and Donna M. Stokes of Harrisville, WV; sister, Therdora Stokes of High Falls, NY; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sons, Philip J. Stokes and Kevin M. Stokes; and sister, Ardeth Echart.

Christian Mass will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-3 PM Saturday.

Burial will be in St. Peters Catholic Church Cemetery, Rosendale, NY.

In Lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to: Alzheimer’s Association, Christ Our Hope Catholic Church or the American Heart Association.

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Joan Marian Satterfield

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Joan Marian Satterfield

Age 64, of Grantsville, WV passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Bethesda West Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida, after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

She was born on June 26, 1950, in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, to Marion General Whisman and Elah Starcher Whisman.

She attended Calhoun County High School and graduated in 1968. Upon graduation, she worked for Kellwood in Spencer, WV for 6 years sharing an apartment with her closest friends and beloved sister.

She was employed by the WV Department of Highways for 34 years as Secretary and County Administrator. She was among a select few female WV Department of Highway workers who rose to the position of county administrator before retiring in 2007.

She enjoyed cooking, reading, traveling, sitting on the balcony overlooking the ocean at her Sarasota home, watching The Voice, and spending time with family, friends and grandchildren.

She was a gentle, loving soul who began cooking at the age of 8. Among the things she was known for was her smile, legendary biscuits and gravy, faith in God, and searching out new eateries (or, hole-in-the-wall establishments) near and far.

Joan Satterfield is preceded in death by her father, Marion Whisman and mother, Elah Whisman.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Satterfield of Grantsville, WV; sister, Twila Roach of Parkersburg, WV; son, Chad Satterfield of Weston, WV; daughter, Tia Satterfield of Sarasota, FL; “part-time daughter”, Laura Waugh of Phoenix, AZ; four nieces; two nephews; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Mt. Zion, WV on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Funeral service will be held at Mt. Zion Church following visitation at 4:00 PM with Reverend Rick Swearengin officiating.

Burial will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Stump Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Mt. Zion Church, Enon Baptist Church, Jerry and Doris Riggs, Stewart and Mickey Satterfield, Bum and Patty Kendall, Eric Boone, Kelly Goff, Christopher Staine, Sue Roberts, Talia Markham, Rick Swearengin, and family and friends for support and prayers over the years.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Gayford M. Williams

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Gayford M. Williams

Age 81, of Lubeck, passed away on October 22, 2014 at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born in Ritchie County, WV on February 19, 1933, the second son of the late James C. Williams and Amy Tingler Williams.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He retired from DuPont, Filaments Division, in 1991 after 33 years and nine months of service.

He was a member of Lauckport United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and was an usher.

He enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family, hunting, spending time with his DuPont friends at the southside McDonalds and going to Boone’s Bow Shop. He was also a member of the DuPont silhouette shooting team.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Glenna Jackson Williams; daughters, Beth Baker (Chris) of Washington, WV, and Sara Reeves (Chris Shockey) of Lubeck; granddaughter Breanne Baker of Dunbar; step-granddaughter, Megan Reeves (Justin Rhodes); step great-grandson, Bryson Rhodes of Parkersburg, WV; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Jackson; brother, Roydice (Sue) Williams of Grantsville, WV; and sister, Erma Yost (Arthur) of Amesville, Ohio. He has two sisters-in-law, Violet Williams of Big Bend, WV and Sharon Williams of Parkersburg, WV as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Wilford and Bernard Ray Williams; sister, Freda Purdue; and one infant sister, Naomi Williams.

He will sadly be missed by his family and friends.

Services will be Saturday, October 25, 11 AM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Revs. Ken Nolan and Jamie Sprague officiating.

Burial will follow with full military rites at Lubeck Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, October 24, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lauckport United Methodist Church, 908 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101 or to the charity of your choice.

Christopher J. Knotts

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Christopher J. Knotts

of Corning, New York, beloved son of Thomas and Beverly (Yeman) Knotts passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Chris was born on July 13, 1977 in Grantsville, WV.

He was a graduate of Corning East High School, Class of 1998. He always enjoyed going to Pathways to be with his friends and will be remembered by his family and friends for his extreme friendliness and kindness to everyone he met.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Adam (Rosanna) Knotts of Corning, NY; maternal grandmother, Mildred Yeman of Elmira Heights, NY; aunts, Donna Yeman of Corning, Norma Knotts Shaffer of Grantsville, WV; uncle, James (Mary) Knotts of Mineral Wells, WV. He also leaves behind several cousins and a multitude of friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Donald Yeman; paternal grandparents, Robert and Hazel Knotts; aunt, Linda Knotts; and special caregivers, Woody and Thelma Haught.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY.

A memorial service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 5:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Christopher’s name may be sent to: Pathways, Inc., 33 Denison Parkway W., Corning, NY 14830 to benefit his friends and caregivers.

Otis Westfall Jr.

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Otis Westfall Jr.

Age 82, of South Park Addition, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 9:00 PM on Saturday October 18, 2014 in the Louis A. Johnson VAMC in Clarksburg following a brief illness.

He was born in South Park Addition of Jane Lew on March 26, 1932 a son of Otis B. Westfall Sr. and Sylvia M. Prince Westfall.

On April 11, 1952 he married the former Norene Lipps who survives and they celebrated 62 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son Lawrence Otis Westfall and fiancé, Christine Davis of Weston.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved aunt, Nina Beggs, Grandparents: Opha M. and Elva Hinkle Westfall and Perry W. and Anna Wimer Prince.

Otis graduated from Jane Lew High School in 1950. He studied Business Administration at Glenville State College before entering the U.S. Army. He served with the headquarters staff of the 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he accepted a position with Universal CIT in Silver Spring, MD. He held many positions and was District Manager for Northern Virginia in 1964 when he moved to Parkersburg National Bank as Assistant Vice President in Consumer Loans. He was active in VA and WV Lions Clubs, Jaycees, and Jr, Achievement.

He was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church.

Friends and Family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bonnie Starkey officiating.

Interment will follow in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery.

Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Otis Westfall.

Jenny Mae Saltz

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Jenny Mae Saltz

Age 36, of Cisco Road, Cairo, WV passed away October 19, 2014 at her residence.

She was born February 06, 1978 at Grantsville, WV, the daughter of Kathy Haught McDonald of Smithville, WV.

Jenny was a loving wife and mother. She loved life and enjoyed her animals and four wheeler riding.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Mark Allen Saltz; and children, Amber Mae Saltz Mark Allen Saltz, Jr. and Ashley Ann Saltz.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Carol Haught Sr. and Susan Haught Ubbens; and uncles, Carlos Haught and Richard Haught; and mother-in-law, Sherry Nutter.

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM, Friday, October 24, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Curtis Christian officiating.

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